Pat Cummins can't wait to bowl in tandem with James Pattinson

Patrick Cummins said he is disappointed to miss the Test series against India Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 6, 2012

Australian pace sensation Patrick Cummins said on Friday that he is eagerly waiting to get fully fit and bowl in tandem with James Pattinson, who has been very impressive during their ongoing Test series against India.

“I can’t wait for that. He’s unbelievable at the moment. He has shaken up a few players, hasn’t he? After that dream start against New Zealand, he has just continued where he left off. If I was not down with injury, I’d be bowling with him at the moment. I am really excited to do that in the future. There are some exciting times to look forward to,” Cummins said.

Cummins made his Test debut for Australia in November 2011 against South Africa at Johannesburg. He impressed in his first Test appearance for Australia taking seven wickets and hitting the winning runs in a tense match, but hurt his left heel during the match to be ruled out of the Test series against India.

“I am getting there. I’m going through that process of rehabilitation at the moment. I’m feeling a lot better. Hopefully, I’ll get back to bowling in a couple of weeks. I have just started running again. It’s (comeback to competitive cricket) still a long way,” Cummins told MiD DAY during the second Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cummins hopes that he and Pattinson play international cricket for Australia for long.

“There are plenty of good bowlers around. We both are still very young. Hopefully, we can keep playing together for a while for Australia. You know, anything can happen in sport. As you saw with my injury, it’s difficult to take anything for granted. It’s really exciting — the prospect of bowling with Pattinson. It’s a great opportunity for us to form a partnership and take lots of wickets for the country,” he said.

The right-arm pacer said he is disappointed on missing the crucial Test series against India.

“I was really looking forward to the series. It’s frustrating not to be out there. The timing of the injury was really bad. I’ve grown up watching Sachin Tendulkar bat and want to bowl to him desperately,” he expressed.

Cummins is aware of the fact that Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar had hit five international tons at the time he was born. “Yeah, of course. I am aware of that. The same goes for (James) Pattinson I think. He’s three years older than me (May 3, 1990) but Tendulkar started playing in 1989 if I am not mistaken. It is just amazing how he has managed to stick around for so long. I hope to bowl to him someday.”

Talking about his comparison with Australian bowling great Glenn McGrath, Cummins said, “I am flattered if anyone would ever compare me with him. I just spoke to him (here at the SCG). He’s a great guy, a great player. I can’t find a better role model to look up to.”

The 18-year-old New South Wales pacer also expressed that he wants to focus on Test cricket.